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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Klarides to Testify on State Spending Cap


Spending Cap Public Hearing- April 3rd
 
In 1992, Connecticut voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to add a spending cap to the State Constitution. Yet, the spending cap that is currently in place has loopholes which allow lawmakers to legally exceed the cap if they agree and take special steps.
 
The original intent of the spending cap was to keep spending in line with inflation and actual increases in personal income. Since 1992, Connecticut’s population only grew by 9%, inflation rose 67%, and state spending has increased by 201%. Yes, you read that correctly, state spending has increased by 201% since Connecticut voters asked their lawmakers to enforce a state spending cap.
 
The legislature can no longer let our state spending go unchecked. I am asking you to join me in supporting legislation that will enforce the state spending cap. On Monday, April 3rd, at 12:00 p.m. the Appropriations Committee will be holding a public hearing on a number of proposals that aim to strengthen the spending cap, including House Bill 6511.
 
Here are instructions on how to submit testimony:
 
1) Send testimony to apptestimony@cga.ct.gov (the email may be as brief as you like)
2) Copy me on the email Nicole.Klarides-Ditria@housegop.ct.gov (include your name and town)
3) Put “Support Spending Cap- Pass H.B. 6511” in the subject line.
 
You can also testify in person. Click here for a guide for testifying at hearings.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at Nicole.Klarides-Ditria@housegop.ct.gov or (860) 240-8700.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria 
 

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